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I am a Christian woman, born in 1970 in Ft. Worth, Texas. I attended Texas Tech University and University of Houston, receiving a BS in Biology in 1995. I have lived in the fair state of Texas all my life ~ from the Dallas Ft. Worth area, to Houston, to East Texas (Nacogdoches), to West Texas (Lubbock), and now, back to Houston, where I will live out the remainder of my days. I am blessed with one child, a precious daughter.
Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul does
wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more
than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen
for the morning."
I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!
31 March 2005
I am a 35-year old Christian woman and this is my story.
November 11, 2004, I started having a headache. Not just any headache, but a really bad one with extreme sensitivity to light and noise. Nothing I tried helped - not ibuprofen, aspirin or Tylenol. The first time I went to the doctor he thought I had a sinus infection and prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics plus Claritin. The second time I went he thought I was having a migraine; He prescribed Imitrex, which did not touch the pain. He then tried Axert, again, to no avail. He then prescribed Fioricet, which helped but made me very sleepy in the process. I would be fine at work until around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, then I would turn off my lights, close the doors and curl up in a fetal position on the floor with my sweater wrapped around my head. I kept feeling that something just was not right - I should not have a headache for so many days in a row. I knew the headache was not going away because every day when I woke up I had a terrible headache until the pain medication kicked in.
Finally, after praying and deliberating about what to do, I decided to go see a neurologist who specializes in headaches. He performed a thorough examination and ordered an MRI on my brain. He said if nothing was structurally wrong my diagnosis would be sudden onset severe migraine. It didn't sound good to me. I began to pray, not only for relief from the headache, but that something was actually structurally wrong; something that could be repaired so that I did not have to continue with these headaches. I had the MRI on Friday, December 10, 2004.
December 13, 2004, the neurologist called me at home, and urged me to go immediately to the hospital. I had a giant cerebral aneurysm (25mm or 1 inch or larger). A coil embolization procedure was performed endovascularly on December 15. About an hour and a half later I suffered a massive stroke. I was completely paralysed on my left side.
Thanks to the Lord, I had hundreds of people praying for me. By Friday, December 17, I was able to walk again and my facial muscles were working, though minimally. I was able by Saturday, December 18, 2004, to move my left arm. I credit this healing to God answering the prayers of so many on my behalf.
I am working again, though I am often tired and have recurring headaches to differing degrees. My left hand does not work like it used to and my short-term memory is not so good. I don't quite feel like myself and sometimes get really frustrated trying to perform some of the most simple tasks.
All in all, I am thankful for that nasty headache, though I would have never thought it while I was having it.
I pray for those who are adjusting after an aneurysm. I pray for all the families who have lost a loved-one to an aneurysm.
Update: 18 April 2005
On April 6 I had another MRA, due to continued headaches. April 12, I had a follow up with the neurologist - the coils in the aneurysm have settled a bit, leaving a small portion uncoiled. I will be going Wednesday, April 20, back to the hospital for an angiogram and likely surgery.
Update: 23 April 2005
The surgeon did not want to work on my aneurysm, believing that the risks are too high right now. It is part of the same aneurysm that was coiled in December. He said the coiled aneurysm was peacocking - anyone know what this means?
I continue to be thankful to be here and continue to pray for relief from these headaches.
Love and prayers to each of you.
Update: 19 July 2005
I have discovered what Dr. Mawad, God bless him, my neurosurgeon, meant by peacocking: the side of the coiled aneurysm was protruding or poking out.
I have had a good couple of months, with few symptoms until the last weekend in June. Apparently my beloved Annie doesn't care for stress. I had some sort of episode on June 25th where I seem to have lost some progress in my left hand. I also started having headaches pretty regularly since then, too. Yesterday I had an MRA to check on Annie, no word yet back from Dr. Brown, God bless him, my neurologist. Praying that no news is good news. Basically he said 1) avoid stress; 2) get lots of sleep; 3) take Tylenol 3 for the headaches.
Also, during that last weekend in June, my sweet daughter noticed that the back sides of my teeth were black. This was stressful, too. I had had concerns over taking Dilantin back in March, and pleaded with my neurologist to switch me to anything else. He switched me to phenobarbital, and not long after removed me from the anti-seizure meds all together, thank the Lord! This was a turning point in my energy level. So, I went to the dentist yesterday and scrape-scrape and all the black was gone! I had been trying for the past couple of weeks to floss, scrub, and even bleach that black off. With each failed attempt I became more and more disheartened. Turns out it was dried blood. DDS said that Dilantin demineralizes teeth and swells the gums, which ultimately causes tooth loss.
I feel so blessed to have come through all of this as well as I have. I am thankful for all the times throughout this trial that the Lord has been with me, led me and loved me. I have no doubt that He will continue to lead me and guide me all the days of my life.
These verses have helped me, and I feel a need to share them here:
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Continuing in prayer for us ALL.
Update: 17 January 2006
An angiogram on December 15, 2005, revealed: "The right internal carotid arteriogram shows a status post endovascular treatment of a right-sided posterior communicating artery aneurysm. The neck of the aneurysm is wide. There is a residual aneurysm at the level of its neck which has recanalized around the coils."
I am scheduled for "a few more coils" on February 20th, high noon. I covet your prayers
I continue in prayers for us ALL.
Update: 8 March 2006
Praise the LORD! I am SO blessed...
My coil embolization surgery was rescheduled for February 21st at noon, and it went great. So well in fact, that I was able to go home on Thursday, February 24th. There were no complications this time and I have had periods of feeling better than I have since the start of the headache in 2004. It is truly remarkable and I thank the LORD every day for His hand on me, and His guidance of my surgeon and brother in Christ, Dr. Mawad.
I am humbled by His providence. I am led to pray for all who are affected by this condition.
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Amen.
Update: 9 August 2006
Hello, dear family, I am having a 6-month post-op routine check-up via angiogram on August 16th. I am hopeful that all is well with annie. I still have headaches sometimes, but they are most active during my menstrual cycle.
I have left my job of 8 years and will be going back to college August 21st. I am both nervous and excited. I had been praying about my job for a few years, even before the aneurysm was diagnosed. I am glad to be beginning a new adventure.
I continue to pray for all who suffer with aneurysm and AVM; and all those who love us and support us through the difficult times.
May God bless us ALL.
Update: 29 August 2006
Hello, beloved! I have good and not-so-good news to share. First, and most importantly, annie looks fine, praise the LORD! The neurosurgeon said that any more settling would be very unlikely. Now I should be able to work with my neurologist to fine a remedy for my periodic headaches.
And, for the not-so-good (and praise the Lord not as important) news...I will not be going back to school after all. It is a long, windy story, but I trust the Good Lord knows best and will lead me where He needs me. I have zero regrets about leaving my former job, as I was certainly led by the Holy Spirit to do so.
My prayers are with you.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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